Breast Cancer Confirmation
The day before our appointment to receive the results, our caller I.D. identified an incoming call as coming from our general physician’s office. I knew, from past experience, that Dr. R does not personally make phone calls to patients unless it is very serious business indeed. Upon answering and hearing his voice, I knew we were in for a world of bad news.
“I have the biopsy results and I wanted you to hear it from me first.” A pregnant pause followed. “…You have a malignancy and it’s very serious. Things are going to move very quickly now. I would expect you to see a surgeon by week’s end, and you can count on chemotherapy and maybe radiation. You’ve got a tough fight ahead of you.”
He hadn’t used the word cancer, but I wanted to hear it. “So… I have… cancer?”
Hesitation. Then, “Yes.”
Jim, hearing my words, quickly joined me. We held the phone between us while the doctor explained again. He said we were in for a lengthy and difficult process, but he would assist in any way he could.
How could this be? I never felt healthier in my life! We looked at each other in disbelief, then fell into a long embrace.
Next: Telling the Family, and… ice cream